Julian Nagelsmann lauds performances of Upamecano, Tolisso, Lewandowski in Bayern Munich’s DFL-Supercup win

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Not many Bayern players put a foot wrong against Dortmund, but Nagelsmann was impressed with the trio of players.

Speaking after the match, Nagelsmann highlighted a few of his players that he felt had very solid performances, though it was hard to say, really, that any Bayern player didn’t have a decent outing. Speaking to Sky and Sat. 1 after the match (via Tz), he had high praise for his center back pairing of Dayot Upamecano and Niklas Sule, who were both solid. “Niki (Süle) and Upa were incredibly stable in the back, that’s not easy against this offensive power. It was a step forward from both of them,” he lauded. Erling Haaland did have a few chances that forced action from Manuel Neuer, but on the balance, Bayern’s defense did well to contain him for most of the night.

It wouldn’t of been a typical Bayern win without Lewandowski’s name on the scoresheet and his brace made the difference. Lewandowski’s first goal was a finely taken header in the 41st minute, getting on the end of an in-swinging cross from Serge Gnabry at the far post and his second in the 74th minute as the ball fell right to him after an impressive sequence of pressing from Corentin Tolisso. In addition to his brace, Lewandowski also provided a clever flick assist to Muller for Bayern’s second goal. It was an important touch to lift the ball around Gregor Kobel and right to Müller.

While you can always expect goals and assists from Lewandowski, Nagelsmann was also pleased with the defensive work he saw from his number; “We all know that he can score goals. Today, he also worked and defended extremely well. The two goals he makes are really strong, but the goal he prepared was also very clever.” Albeit a tap-in from close range, Nagelsmann was pleased with Müller’s goal and expects more to come this season. “It was a classic Thomas Müller goal, he will score a few more goals this season,” he said.

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Erling Haaland jumps into crowd to give shirt to amazed young Dortmund fan

Daily Star 18 August, 2021 - 01:21am

Erling Haaland jumped into the crowd in an incredible gesture to give an amazed young Borussia Dortmund fan his shirt.

The Norwegian could not find the back of the net in The Black And Yellow’s DFL-Supercup clash with rivals Bayern Munich.

It marked a missed opportunity to continue the momentum he built in the opening game of the season, scoring two and assisting two in the 5-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

But footage has emerged of Haaland making the effort to make a young fan’s night at the Westfalenstadion.

In the clip, the full-time whistle has blown and the 21-year-old is making his way over to the corner of the stadium.

And he strides over three advertising boards before making his way over to the young fan, giving the shirt away before jumping back down.

The camera then shows the young supporter with his sign, beaming with delight that his sign worked.

Haaland is also greeted with a warm round of applause from the Westfalenstadion as he responds in kind.

It marked a positive end to a night where the Norwegian failed to make an impact against rivals Bayern.

After 41 minutes of play, Robert Lewandowski got the goal-scoring going for the visitors before Thomas Muller netted on the other side of the whistle.

Dortmund had a way back into the game with 26 minutes to go, though, when Marco Reus got on the end of Jude Bellingham’s assist.

But the Polish forward had the final word on the DFL-Supercup encounter, adding a second goal 10 minutes later.

The Norwegian has once again been the talk of the transfer window, with clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all linked with his signature.

And he has even expressed his ‘dream’ of playing in the English top-flight.

But many are expected to wait until next summer, when the 21-year-old will have two years left on his current Borussia Dortmund contract.

Bayern hit their peak with stunning new kit inspired by the Alps

ESPN 17 August, 2021 - 05:45am

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This is because Bayern's new jersey is a love letter to Bavaria, the southeastern region of Germany from which the club have proudly hailed for the past 121 years.

With a white-and-blue colour scheme and all-over print inspired by the stunning mountainous panorama of the Alps, the club and manufacturer Adidas says the shirt is intended to symbolise Bayern's roots as well as the club's "relentless demand to aim for the highest peaks."

The design is also intended to encapsulate the Bavarian attitude to life; one of pride, hard work, tradition and progression.

"Being a born and bred Bavarian, I particularly like this look. I love the mountains, I love my home," said Muller, who has won 28 senior trophies with Bayern including 109 Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues.

"I think it's nice we can illustrate to the whole world this special attitude to life we have here with this jersey."

The ode to Bavaria is encapsulated in the launch video for the kit, which makes reference to the rainbow armband that Bayern and Germany captain Manuel Neuer wore at Euro 2020 -- a show of inclusion and tolerance that somehow prompted an investigation from UEFA during the tournament.

Bayern will debut their brand-new Alpine-infused third kit for the very first time when they face Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup on Tuesday (stream LIVE on ESPN+ at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in the U.S.).

The team will then wear it under the floodlights on Champions League nights as they bid to be crowned champions of Europe for a seventh time.

Bundesliga Roundup: Goals galore for Borussia Dortmund; Bayern and Leipzig fail to win

BVB Buzz 16 August, 2021 - 07:47am

VfB Stuttgart thrashed SpVgg Greuther Fürth on matchday one. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

The 2021/22 Bundesliga season kicked off on Friday with Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach facing off at the Borussia-Park. Gladbach took a shock lead in the 10th minute, with Alassane Pléa firing the ball past Manuel Neuer. Bayern managed to equalise on the stroke of half-time through Robert Lewandowski. But neither team was able to find a winner, and the game ended 1-1.

Erling Haaland was named matchday one’s Man of the Matchday (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund put on a show for the returning fans at the Signal Iduna Park, as they earned a 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Erling Haaland was the star of the show. He found the net twice, and also set up goals for Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard and Gio Reyna.

Last season’s runners-up RB Leipzig suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Mainz 05. Moussa Niakhaté scored the only goal of the game to give Bo Svensson’s side a stunning matchday one win.

Stuttgart top the Bundesliga table after matchday one (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)

TSG Hoffenheim thrashed FC Augsburg 4-0, with Andrej Kramaric getting a hat-trick of assists. Jacob Bruun Larsen, Sargis Adamyan, Georginio Rutter and Sebastian Rudy scored to give Hoffenheim an impressive win.

Wout Weghorst was on target as Wolfsburg defeated newly promoted side VfL Bochum 1-0. While Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen played out a 1-1 draw, with both goals arriving in the opening 15 minutes of the game. Taiwo Awoniyi opened the scoring for the Berliners, before Moussa Diaby equalised for Leverkusen.

Florian Kainz (R) celebrates after scoring against Hertha Berlin (Photo by UWE KRAFT/AFP via Getty Images)

Florian Kainz scored a brace as FC Köln came from behind to beat Hertha Berlin 3-1. Stevan Jovetic gave Hertha the early lead, before Anthony Modeste brought the Billy Goats back on level terms. Kainz then scored twice in three second half minutes to give Köln the perfect start to their season.

The only goalless draw of matchday one came at the SchücoArena, where goalkeeper Stefan Oretga helped Arminia Bielefeld earn a point against SC Freiburg.

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